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June 6, 2013
Avantium And ALPLA Team Up On Biobased PET Bottles
Renewable chemicals company Avantium announced this week that it has entered into an agreement with ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH to develop bottles made from biobased polyethylene furanoate (PEF). These bottles will serve as an alternative to bottles made from PET. The companies intend to bring them to market by 2016. The bottles will replace traditional bottles made from PET and used for cosmetics, detergents, certain foods, and eventually beer and other ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Comments Due To California DTSC On Costs Of Safer Consumer Products Regulations June 6
On May 22, 2013, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a 15-day public notice (available online) on its Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (the Statement) under the Safer Consumer Products rulemaking. Comments are due to DTSC by June 6, 2013. More information on this notice, including all relevant documents, is available online. Generally, the Statement asserts that the costs of California's proposed Safer Consumer Products Regulations cannot be determined until they are implemented. It does acknowledge that there will be a range of costs to ... read more >
May 30, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
We reported last week that on May 22, 2013, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The legislation was meant to be a compromise between long time competing proposals to reform TSCA. A detailed analysis of the bill by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C is available online. There are many opportunities for the renewable chemicals community to advocate for its products and the more equitable and efficient review of renewable chemicals under TSCA. B2PAC is ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Senate May Vote On McCarthy Nomination This Summer
While Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) continues his hold on Gina McCarthy's nomination to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated publicly that he intends to force full Senate consideration of her nomination as early as the week after the July Fourth recess. As we have reported, on May 16, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved McCarthy's nomination by a 10-8 vote along party lines. Senator Blunt has placed a hold on the nomination until he is satisfied that the Obama Administration will move ... read more >
May 30, 2013
New Hampshire Works To Adopt Updated RGGI
After recent passage by the New Hampshire State House, the State Senate passed legislation to enable New Hampshire to follow the most updated and more stringent greenhouse gas rules under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) regulations. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (D) is expected to sign the bill into law. New Hampshire is one of nine states to participate in the RGGI. According to RGGI's website, the initiative is "the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Three Additional States File Amicus Brief For Review Of Massachusetts v. EP
The States of Kansas, Montana, and West Virginia have submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of petitions filed by twelve other states requesting the Court to review and narrow its decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. The states are asking the Court to clarify that under the decision, the EPA may regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles but not from stationary ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Group Of Democratic Senators Work Toward Climate Legislation
A group of Democratic Senators have formed a "clearinghouse" group that meets with key stakeholders in their effort to build support and develop a strategy to move climate change legislation this year. The group is co-chaired by Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ron Wyden (D-OR). Members of the clearinghouse include Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Brian ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Alternative Fuels Americas Focuses On Jatropha As A Biodiesel Feedstock
Alternative Fuels Americas has successfully completed trials for Jatropha trees as a feedstock for biodiesel. The company operates a plantation in Costa Rica with 40,000 acres of Jatropha trees. Now that the trial phase is complete, the company intends to expand the use of Jatropha as a biodiesel feedstock to commercial ... read more >
May 30, 2013
U.S. Department Of Defense Funds Biofuels Projects
Last week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it has awarded $16 million in contracts as part of the joint initiative among the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy to help facilitate the development and commercialization of U.S. advanced drop-in biofuels for military and commercial use. The contracts have been awarded to the following three U.S. companies that are planning to build biorefineries to produce drop-in biofuels: Emerald Biofuels of Golf, IL; Natures BioReserve of South Sioux City, NE; and, Fulcrom Brighton Biofuels of Pleasanton, CA. Together, the ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Study Presses EPA On Delayed New Pathway Approval
James McCubbins and A. Bryan Endres of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, just released a new article entitled "EPA Biofuel Pathways and Petitions: Failure to Launch?." It echoes concerns recently raised by members of the biofuels industry that EPA's ongoing delay in approving new fuel pathway petitions under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program is inhibiting the ability of biofuels producers to produce new types of renewable fuel that would qualify under the RFS, including advanced and cellulosic fuels. The authors found, among other things, that ... read more >
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